Palmerston North businessman Brian Green and long-time co driver Fleur Pedersen (Havelock North) have started their rally year in fine form by winning the first round of the Malaysian rally championship last weekend.
This year they are driving a highly modified Mitsubishi Evo 10 with a 6-speed sequential gearbox, world rally car suspension and a lighter car.
The car is new and Green and Pedersen had their first ride in it on dirt as the first special stage started.
They got off to a perfect start winning the first stage from their Chinese team-mate Fan Fan, driving a similar car, with Karamjit Singh, a World Production Car champion and numerous times Malaysian Rally Champion.
The rally was held in sugar cane and palm oil plantations at Perak, which is 300km northwest of Kuala Lumpur. Over the weekend the crews had to contend on Saturday with extremely dusty hot conditions and after a heavy thunderstorm on Saturday night encountered muddy slippery hot humid conditions the following day.
Green won by just over a minute from ntsGhis Chinese team-mate Fan Karam Singh, the top Malaysian in third place.
The next round of the Malaysian championship is in June. Green will compete in April in the first round of the New Zealand Rally Championship, which he sponsors, in Whangarei in a New Zealand-built Mitsubishi Evo 10. The second and third rounds are in Otago and Canterbury in May.
- Fairfax Media
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